Instructor Biographies

Evan Adair, voice

Experience:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Wilkes Community College
  • Recitalist, ASU Quintessential! ensemble
  • Voice Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 

Education: 

  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, Appalachian State University

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Evan’s performance career has taken off with productions in Canada, Italy, Germany and throughout the east coast of th U.S. Recent roles include Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Frank Murrant in the Weill’s American opera Street Scene, Kecal in Appalachian’s 2016 production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and Papageno in their 2017 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.


Diane Bonds, cello

Experience:

  • 25 years
  • Instructor, Parker Music Academy, Houston, TX
  • Adjunct Professor, Greensboro College
  • Currently: Cello Instructor, Music Academy of North Carolina; Cello Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 

Education: 

  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, University of Texas, Austin

Specialized Certification:

  •  Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Houston
  •  All Level Music Certification, University of Houston

Achievements:

  • Students twice invited to perform at Suzuki Association of America Conferences
  • Former students attending major music schools such as Juilliard and Curtis Institute

 

Lisa R. Combs, vocal

Experience:

  • K-8 Choral Director, Watauga County Schools (14 years)
  • Choral Director, Grace Lutheran Church  (22 years)
  • Currently: Choral Director, Watauga High School (since 2001); Choral Director - Appalachian Youth Chorale, ASU-CMS

Education:

  • MME, Appalachian State University

Achievements:

  • WHS Advanced Women's and Honors Ensembles have received Superior ratings at state music performance adjudication for the last eight consecutive years

   

Kelsey Philbrick, violin & viola

Experience: 

  • Violin Instructor, Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
  • Violin Instructor and Practice Tutor, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Assistant, Candida Yoshikai Suzuki Violin Studio Summer Camp
  • Asst Principal 2nd, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra
  • Student Intern & Section First Violin, Durham Symphony Orchestra
  • Co­Founder, Dissonance String Quartet, Greensboro, NC
  • Assistant Concertmaster, NC Chamber Orchestra
  • Principal Second, UNCG Symphonic Orchestra
  • Gate City Camerata Chamber Orchestra
  • Hot Springs Music Festival

Education:

  • BM Violin Performance (cum laude), UNC-Greensboro
  • Graduate student - Appalachian State University

Specialized Certification:

  • Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 Teacher Certification

Achievements:

  • Shirley & Bert Lynch Music Scholarship, UNC Greensboro
  • NCMEA Full Scholarship to Brevard Music Festival
  • 1st place, Solo Strings, DMTA Performance Festival

Professional Affiliations:

  • Recording Secretary, Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, Alpha Xi Chapter


 

Bair Shagdaron, piano

 

Pianist Bair Shagdaron was born in Moscow, Russia and began studying music at age of four. In 1964 he entered the prestigious Moscow Gnesins Music School for Gifted Children where he studied under Esther Fedorchenko and Valeria Polunina. After graduating in 1976, Mr. Shagdaron studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the renowned Tatiana Nikolaeva. In 1984, Mr. Shagdaron obtained his Doctorate degree in piano performance from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1988, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor at the Conservatory and was an Assistant of Tatiana Nikolaeva for six years. In 1990, Dr. Shagdaron graduated from the Conservatory with his second degree in composition, studying under Albert Leman.

 

As an accomplished soloist, Dr. Shagdaron took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. Also in 1992 he was awarded the Honorary Title of "The People's Artist of Buryat Republic" (Russia). Dr. Shagdaron has given master classes in Japan and also performed throughout the USA, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia.

 

After coming to the USA in 1996, Dr. Shagdaron taught at Ottawa University in Kansas. In the fall of 2000, he joined the faculty of Appalachian State University as Assistant Professor of Piano. Dr. Shagdaron continues to actively participate in the music world of today, including the world premiere of Edward Bullock's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. He has been guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival, and soloist with the Western Piedmont Symphony performing the Second Piano Concerto by Shostakovich.

 

Phil Treutel, percussion

Experience:

  • Performed with the internationally-renowned Marching Southerners, the JSU Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, JSU Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo
  • Colts Drum and Bugle Corp
  • Currently:  ASU Symphonic Band and New Paradigm Percussion Quartet 

Education:

  • Currently enrolled at Appalachian State University as an MM candidate, percussion performance
  • BA, General Music with concentration in percussion, Jacksonville State University - Jacksonville, AL



Vanessa Van Valin, Appalachian Youth Chorale (AYC)


Experience:

  • 20+ years of vocal coaching and performing as solo artist on stages and in choirs and bands
  • Taught private voice lessons and music to preschoolers and general music (K-5); 
  • Music Director, Beanstalk Theater in Boone
  • Played djembe for African dance class at ASU 
  • Adjunct Instructor of Music Education,  ASU

Education:

  • BA,  Western Washington University
  • MM, Rice University
  • General Music Licensure K-12, Appalachian State University

Specialized Certification:

  • Music Together Early Childhood Certification, General Music Mastership Level 1, Univ. of South Carolina
  • Orff-Schulwerk Levels I II & III, Appalachian State University
  • World Music Drumming Certification 
  • Jazz in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom, Virginia Tech Jazz Institute

Achievements:

  • Filene Music Scholarship, Skidmore College
  • Vocal and Merit Scholarship, Rice University
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Society Merit Award, Houston, TX

Highlighted Performances:

  • Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Seattle, WA
  • Soloist for Mozart Requiem,  Houston, TX
  • Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Rome, Italy
  • Opera chorus for Turandot, Seattle Opera Company
  • Title role in Madame Butterfly, Houston Opera Theater
  • Vocalist and Bass Guitar Player for The Henhouse Thieves, Boone, NC